|Matt Mossholder on 6 Aug 2011 05:31:29 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] Comcast going all digital for me|
Up to now, I've had the $20/mo "limited basic" *analog* Comcast service, and that works perfectly for my analog tuner card and MythTV. ÂBut I just got the letter I've been dreading from Comcast that I have until 2011-09-13 to order some stuff because they are going all digital in Collegeville, PA.
The question is, what do I need to do and have to make this new stuff work with my current MythTV setup? Â(Stock Mythbuntu 10.04 LTS, if it matters, not using the Mythbuntu upstream PPA/repo , for backward compatibility with MediaMVP/mvpmc boxes, which are now dead anyway, I guess.)
I know I need a digital tuner and I was planning on getting an HD Homerun  Real Soon Now anyway. ÂBased on reading the Comcast FAQs , and as expected, the 3 free "digital adapters" I can get will require a remote control to change the channel, which rather defeats Myth. ÂMore on CableCARDs, which we talked about here recently, below.
<Goes to http://comcast.com/digitalnow/ and Googles for a while>
OK, sanity check.
Â Â Â Â"For the Comcast Digital Migration, will I need equipment if I have a digital TV with a QAM tuner?"
Â Â Â Â"If you currently have a Digital QAM tuner, you will be able to continue to receive Limited Basic Cable channels and do not need a digital device. Â All televisions, including those using QAM tuners, will not be able to view Expanded Basic channels without a digital device or CableCardâ"
Â Â Â Â"Can I record Limited Basic channels without my digital equipment?"
Â Â Â Â"... However, in select markets [pretty sure that's me], Comcast is also migrating the Limited Basic channel lineup to an all-digital format. In these markets, you will need a digital device (cable box, digital adapter, or CableCardâ device), or a television with a digital QAM tuner to view and record programming in the Limited Basic channel lineup. ..."
So I'm pretty sure the $130 HDHR3-US that is now down to $108 , will Just Work for what I want (basic networks and PBS). ÂTrue? ÂAnything going to bite me? Â(Besides disk space?)
I'm guessing the HDHR3-US price dropped because the $250 HDHR3-CC (CableCARD ready, but with limited support in MythTV starting with 0.24 ) is almost--but not quite--on sale. ÂHummm, does CableCARD even do anything for me if I have "limited basic" service?
So what I think I want to do is:
1) Order the 3 digital adapters from Comcast, for my older TVs and just in case.
2) Order the HDHR3-US now, and get it fired up and working ASAP.
3) Check in with SchedulesDirect and double-check my settings .
4) Maybe in the future:
Â Â Â ÂSwitch to the Mythbuntu repos (for 0.24+)
Â Â Â ÂOrder the HDHR3-CC and a CableCARD (if useful)
Â Â Â ÂOrder bigger hard drives (have 1.8TB RAID1 now)
Am I missing anything?
 Digital Adapter stuff:
 "Will my channel numbers change due to the Comcast Digital Migration?"
Â Â Â Â"No. ÂWith the Digital Migration, there will be no changes to the existing channel numbers."
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